When news of a Facebook movie surfaced almost a year ago, many in the film blogging community rolled their eyes. As if it weren’t bad enough that Hollywood was churning out nothing but sequels and remakes of 80’s movies, now they’re giving us a movie based on social networking? What would be next, Twitter: The Movie?
Despite the fact that award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin was penning the script, many questioned the movie’s potential. Of course, that was before they knew that David Fincher (Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) was on board to direct. Now, all of a sudden, the Facebook movie (which is actually titled The Social Network) is beginning to look a lot more interesting, especially when you know a little more about the story.
Based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich (who also wrote Bringing Down the House, which became the film 21), The Social Network will focus on how Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin created Facebook as undergraduates at Harvard University, their subsequent rise to fame and fortune, and the rift in their friendship that led to innumerable lawsuits and a fight for hundreds of millions of dollars.
Along the way (according to the book description at Amazon.com) we get to meet “slick venture capitalists, stunning women, and six-foot-five-inch identical-twin Olympic rowers.” Sounds good to me. And it sounds good to Carson Reeves who reviewed a first draft of the film’s script at ScriptShadow. Describing The Social Network as, “either a modern tragedy or a modern success story,” Reeves shares his detailed analysis of the entire script here. (Obviously, there are spoilers.)
It will be interesting to see how this film turns out. I am holding out hope that The Social Network could be something akin to Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can, an almost too good to be true story that keeps your attention with good acting and clever dialogue. What do you think? Now that there’s a little more information about the film, does this seem like something you’d be interested in watching?